I cannot take credit for coming up with this fine motor Christmas craft. It was one my kids participated in at while attending a holiday celebration at our local History Park. But it is such an adorable craft that promotes the development of fine motor skills, so I had to share it here for others to see.
Note: For more Christmas activities your kids will love, see my Christmas Activities for Kids page.
This fine motor craft requires the following materials:
- An apple
- Small sprigs of leaves (lots of different kinds of leaves will work – see what is available in your yard or community)
- Sticks for kids to make holes in the apple
- Optional: ribbons
- Optional: red Christmas berries
For this craft, your child will need to start with an apple and a stick. Encourage your child to poke holes in the apple with the stick. This is where fine motor skills are required. Some children will need help with this, while others may be able to do it on their own.
See the hole?
Once your child has made a hole in the apple, it is now time to select a sprig of leaves to insert into the hole.
Your child can continue poking holes and adding sprigs for as long as he or she desires. For best effect, use a variety of different leaf types.
Your child can also add ribbons, berries, or other adornments to add to the Christmas cheer.
I personally find the all-natural aspect of this craft quite refreshing. It reminds me of how families would have decorated for Christmas a long time ago, using materials from their natural environment. However, the apple won’t last long once it has holes punched in it, so plan accordingly if you want this craft to last through Christmas.
More Christmas resources
More Christmas crafts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Craft stick reindeer
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas tree ribbon craft
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- DIY Christmas snow globes
- Sand-filled Christmas ornaments
- Gingerbread man craft